Chris Froome is allowed to start in the 105th edition of the Tour de France. The British rider has been cleared by the WADA in his salbutamol case. Froome tested positive on salbutamol during his win in the Vuelta a España 2017. A day before the clearance, the French newspaper Le Monde wrote that the ASO was about to try to avoid participation of Froome to the Tour de France because he damaged the image of professional cycling.
Meanwhile, the UCI has banned Lars Boom from professional cycling for a month after his fight during the Tour of Norway earlier this year. The Dutchmen had during the second stage of that race hit Preben Van Hecke after he bothered Boom earlier in the stage.
All teams have made their selection for the Tour de France public. Some teams had to change their selection after the National championships. Team Sunweb had to replace Wilco Kelderman with Laurens Ten Dam because Kelderman crashed during the championships and have again injured his shoulder. Cofidis have left Nacer Bouhanni at home. The French sprinter is not selected and Christophe Laporte is now the sprinter of Cofidis during the Tour.
Today former Vuelta winner Chris Horner announced his comeback. The 46-year-old American rides the American championship this weekend for Team Illuminate. In 2013, Horner became with an age of 41 years and 327 days the oldest winner of a Grand Tour due winning the Vuelta a Espana.
Another former Grand Tour winner, Damiano Cunego, is in his last days as a professional cyclist. The Italian rides Adriatica Ionica Race this week and says goodbye to the peloton in the Italian championships. Cunego won in 2004 the Giro d’Italia.
In this week some teams also announced their Tour de France squad. The selection of Mitchelton-Scott was a little bit surprised. The Australian didn’t select their sprinter Caleb Ewan. The rumours say that he’s close to leaving the team and that’s the reason why he must stay home. Now the Australian formation counts on Adam Yates for the general classification.
Today in the Tour of Slovenia, Slovenian big talent Tadej Pogacar let us see again why he’s such a big talent. The 19-year old rider from Ljubljana Gusto Xurum, who was fifth in last years Tour of Slovenia, ended fourth in the stage and holds the eight position in the general classification.
Tadej Pogacar is coached by Marko Polanc, former rider and father of current UAE Team Emirates rider Jan Polanc. Ljubljana Gusto Xurum is a Slovenian amateur team, current status is a continental team, which has provided different World Tour rider. Jan Polanc, Luka Pibernik and Luka Mezgec have all had their training at the Slovenian amateur team.
Primoz Roglic takes over the lead in the general classification from Rigoberto Uran, who had yesterday his second victory this year. It looks like, with an individual time trial to go, that Primoz Roglic is on track to win the Tour of Slovenia for his second time.
In the Baby Giro, it was for the second year in a row that a Russian rider took the victory. Aleksandr Vlasov surpasses current Team Sky rider Pavel Sivakov as the winner of the U23 version of the Giro.
It reminds us of the golden era for the Soviet Union in the 80’s in the Baby Giro. In that decennium, the Soviets won the Baby Giro seven times. Piotr Ugrumov and Dmitri Konychev were among those winners and became successful pro rider.